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Autonomous Weapon Systems and Strategic Stability


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Posted on 20 September 2017
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by Frank Sauer

Building on arguments previously developed for a blog post, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann and Frank Sauer discuss the strategic implications of autonomy in weapon systems in more depth in a recently published article in Survival. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: In July 2015, an open letter from artificial-intelligence experts and roboticists called for a ban on autonomous weapon […]
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ICRAC leaflet on LAWS and global security

ICRAC leaflet on LAWS and global security


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Posted on 18 November 2016
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by Frank Sauer

Back in 2015, one week before the second informal meeting of experts at the CCW in Geneva, ICRAC released a leaflet with a succinct list of the ten most pressing  issues for global security raised by autonomous weapon systems: LAWS – 10 Problems for Global Security. The original announcement is below, and with the CCW’s 5th Review Conference right […]
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ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting


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Posted on 12 April 2016
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by Frank Sauer

On April 12, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from April 11 to April 15 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting Delivered by Jürgen Altmann, Deputy Chair, […]
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ICRAC at the 2016 UN CCW informal experts meeting on LAWS


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Posted on 06 April 2016
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by Frank Sauer

The Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will hold its third informal experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva on 11-15 April 2016. Learn more about the the objectives and purpose of this multilateral meeting from the list of frequently asked questions provided by the Campaign to Stop […]
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ICRAC and the responsible robotics revolution


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Posted on 28 January 2016
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by Frank Sauer

ICRAC works for the regulation of robotic weapon systems and is committed to the peaceful use of robotic technology. To further pursue this latter goal, ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey co-founded the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. In a recently published piece on Research Fortnight, Sharkey and Aimee van Wynsberghe write: The robotics revolution will have a disruptive […]
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ICRAC Video: Peaceful Uses of Robotics and Banning LAWS


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Posted on 12 November 2015
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by Peter Asaro

Stop the Killer Robots from Kamille Rodriguez on Vimeo. The video explains that a ban on killer robots would not have negative impacts on the development of other robotics applications and research. It was created for ICRAC by digital animation artist Kamille Rodriguez: http://www.kamillerodriguez.com/  
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Icelandic research institute shuns autonomous weapons


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Posted on 02 September 2015
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The Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines (IIIM) has issued an ethical policy that makes them the first Artificial Intelligence research and development group to reject the development of technologies intended for military operations. IIIM is an independent research institute affiliated with Reykjavik University in Reykjavik, Iceland “It is only fitting that a research center in Iceland […]
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New ICRAC Podcast Series Launched


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Posted on 24 April 2015
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Today sees the launch of the official ICRAC Podcast series. The first couple of episodes were recorded at the Convention on Conventional Weapons meeting of experts hosted at the United Nations in Geneva between April 13 and 17 2015. This was a discussion of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), the CCW term for ‘Killer Robots’. […]
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ICRAC closing statement to the 2015 UN CCW Expert Meeting


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Posted on 17 April 2015
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On April 17th, ICRAC’s Dr. Matthew Bolton delivered the following closing statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. ICRAC Closing Statement to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Informal Meeting of Experts at the United Nations in Geneva Thank you Mr. Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates, The International Committee for Robot Arms Control […]
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ICRAC second statement on Overarching Issues, 2015 CCW Expert Meeting


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Posted on 17 April 2015
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by Peter Asaro

On Thursday April 16, ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva: Thank you Mr. Chair. In response to China’s question, a number of security experts have pointed to the danger of mass attack by conventional weapons on strategically important installations.  Autonomous weapons would […]
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